Senators beat Sabres to secure 10th straight win

Thu Feb 4, 2010 12:53am EST
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BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - The red-hot Ottawa Senators picked up their 10th successive win Wednesday after two goals apiece from Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson earned them a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Spezza provided the game's first two goals, netting at 13:38 in the second period and again almost six minutes into the third, before Buffalo hit back with two goals in 27 seconds from Andrej Sekera and Tim Connolly to tie the score at 2-2.

Swede Alfredsson scored on a wrister with a minute left to put the Sens ahead 3-2, then put the puck into an empty net 37 seconds later to seal the victory.

Ottawa's (32-21-4) win trimmed Buffalo's (32-16-7) lead in the Northeast to three points.

Goaltenders Brian Elliott (Senators) and Ryan Miller (Sabres) each finished with 34 saves.

"They came at us and we kind of lost our focus for about 30 seconds," Elliott told reporters. "We bent, but we didn't break. It's good to see we can still win games."

Ottawa have relied heavily on defense during their streak, holding each of their last 10 opponents to two goals or less.

On the offensive end, both Spezza and Alfredsson are firing on all cylinders.

Spezza scored for the fifth consecutive game since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for more than a month. Alfredsson missed time over the last month due to a shoulder ailment but has 13 points in his last nine games.   Continued...

<p>Ottawa Senators goaltender Brian Elliott makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during NHL hockey action in Buffalo, New York, February 3, 2010. The Senators goalie has never lost a game against the Buffalo Sabres. REUTERS/Gary Wiepert</p>